Real Madrid duo Sami Khedira and Asier Illarramendi were made to train with the reserves ahead of their side's Champions League showdown with Premier League outfit Liverpool in the Champions League tonight, reports the Daily Star.
It's been suggested that this has given a number of the Premier League's elite clubs as boost as they look to bring the duo to England in the January transfer window.
As many as five clubs have been linked with Germany's World Cup-winning midfielder Khedira, with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal seemingly interested in his signature.
In fact, it's been suggested that Liverpool and Arsenal both want to bring Illarramendi to the Premier League as they look to improve their options in the midfield department.
They all want Khedira
In truth, it's not surprising that the likes of Manchester United and Co. are interested in Khedira's signature. After all, he's enjoyed great success at the Bernabeu in recent years and is the tough-tackling type of midfielder that a number of England's clubs are in need of.
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Without a doubt, Manchester United could do with him, whilst Arsenal could also do with some steel in their midfield. Liverpool, on the other hand, appear to be on the lookout for a Steven Gerrard replacement, so perhaps Khedira could be the man to fill the void.
The same report from the Daily Star has suggested that Khedira could be made available on a cut price deal in the winter transfer window, so it remains to be seen as to whether Manchester United, Arsenal and Co. step up their interest in the player's services.
And, if the report is to be believes, Liverpool and Arsenal could yet go head-to-head in their pursuit to bring Illarramendi to England. It appears that the Real Madrid ace - who has struggled for game time under Carlo Ancelotti - could leave the club despite only completing a big-money move to them a couple of years ago.
It appears, though, despite his struggles that the Real hierarchy will want a substantial fee for the player's services, so it remains to be seen as to whether the Premier League duo would be prepared to splash the cash in order to land him.
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